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Curtain Call in COVID-19

The last time I saw live theatre was back in late 2019, when I was sat watching Paul O’Grady in drag performing in the pantomime version of Goldilocks. Despite my preconceptions of watching a pantomime as an adult, it was surprisingly rude and worthy of genuine laughs out loud. I left the theatre entertained and desperate to tell any unlucky acquaintance about the past two hours of sex and bum jokes I had just witnessed. Over a year later, it looks like theatres will finally be able to reopen to half capacity on 17 May 2021, and full capacity on that fated day in June 2021. But with the cinema industry hit hard enough to bankrupt Cineworld, things don’t bode well for the theatre industry. Continue reading Curtain Call in COVID-19

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How Sia’s ‘Music’ illuminated the Continual Misrepresentation of People with Autism in the Arts

The directional debut of well-renowned singer, Sia, has been met with mass criticism from the public. Music, centres around a non-verbal autistic girl placed in the care of an unstable Kate Hudson in this family drama. The movie has been nominated for a Golden Globe, and the autistic and neurodivergent community are not happy about it. Why? Despite Sia promising her best ‘intentions’ and undergoing three years of research, she failed to deviate from the ableist telling of autistic stories for self-gain. To put it bluntly, as the UK’s National Autistic Society said: ‘Sia has got this one wrong.’ Continue reading How Sia’s ‘Music’ illuminated the Continual Misrepresentation of People with Autism in the Arts

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Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ by Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice are masters of evolution. ‘The Last Man on Earth’is the first single off their upcoming album Blue Weekend, and it offers a promising insight into the band’s new chapter. It arrives almost four years since the release of their sophomore album. But still, Wolf Alice maintains the signature magic and mastery of their prior projects. With nods to past British pop-rock icons in their gripping chord progressions, with a Bowie-esque bridge in the second half, the band transforms this intimate piano ballad into a beaming, string-filled anthem. Lead-singer Ellie Rowsell muses introspective lyrics centred on the selfish nature of humans, which make you cry one listen and laugh the next. Continue reading Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ by Wolf Alice

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Review: Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams

After being longlisted for the BBC Sound of 2020, and then going on to be awarded theBBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year award last year, the release of Arlo Parks’ debut album was highly anticipated by many. As we find ourselves in midst of a third lockdown, this album has been released at the perfect time. Although the mornings and evenings are getting lighter, the prevailing restrictions mean we still can’t do the things that make this generally quite depressing time of year easier, but this album definitely helps. Collapsed in Sunbeams feels like a much-needed warm hug during a very long and grey winter. Continue reading Review: Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams

A Playlist for Valentine’s Day

As someone who has experienced both the customs of a relationship and the independence of single life, I can firmly attest that nothing quite taps into those feelings like the perfect steamy playlist. Whether you’ll be spending this Valentine’s Day happily single or in company, this collection of incredibly smooth R&B tunes is guaranteed to get your heart racing. Continue reading A Playlist for Valentine’s Day

Review: ‘Good Days’ by SZA

While the monotonous days of COVID-19 may not be the best, this song definitely is. For those who have been living under a rock this past month, ‘Good Days’ is the latest single to be released by R&B icon SZA. Arguably one of the hottest contemporary R&B artists in the game right now, SZA truly delivers with this latest track as she combines her unmatched vocals with a chilling melody to provide 4 minutes 40 seconds of pure bliss. Continue reading Review: ‘Good Days’ by SZA

My Culture Comforts: folklore by Taylor Swift

At the moment, in times when I feel overwhelmed or upset, my favourite music to listen to has been Taylor Swift’s album folklore. Despite only coming out midway through 2020, ‘cardigan’ was my most listened-to track on Spotify Wrapped, and I was honestly not at all surprised. I find the entirety of this album so soothing, definitely like a safety blanket. Every track has sing-a-long potential – belting out Taylor Swift bridges gives me an unreal amount of serotonin – while still being soft and emotional. The acoustic vibes are perfect for first thing in the morning or last thing at night. It’s nostalgic in a way that reminds me of Taylor’s earlier music – ‘betty’ has ‘You Belong With Me’ vibes and ‘exile’ reminds me of the kind of track that would be on her album Red. I just love the whole album – to me, it’s the best collection of music to come out of 2020, and I think I’ll treasure it for a very long time. Continue reading My Culture Comforts: folklore by Taylor Swift

Review: evermore by Taylor Swift

During the first few months of the pandemic, many of us made banana bread and sourdough starters, and probably achieved little more creative output than choosing which pyjamas we could seamlessly transition into being daytime wear. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift wrote, produced and recorded not only one, but two albums, the second of which was released last week. Continue reading Review: evermore by Taylor Swift

The Power of Music

Most of us know the feeling of listening to an old favourite song that transports us back in time. Every time I hear “Sun” by Two Door Cinema Club, I am back in my first-year bedroom, packing a bag for the first beach day of the year with my new friends. I can smell the sun cream, taste the strawberries, remember the games we played, everything. All from one song. And it always, undoubtedly, makes me feel happy – a nostalgic kind of happy – but happy nonetheless, because it’s not just the memory these songs evoke, but the emotions we were feeling at those times as well. Continue reading The Power of Music